As I’m sure you are well aware, the 2 1/2-hour season finale of Lost aired on ABC last night bringing a close to a story that has captured the imagination of the world for the past 6 years and while the ep did not satisfy everyone (after all, how could it?) it did manage to strike a cord with many loyal fans of the show. Because the finale ep was such a big deal, the show’s creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse filmed 3 alternate endings for the series in order to keep the real ending a complete surprise:
These alternate endings were aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night after the real season finale ending aired … but in case you missed seeing them last night, you can check them out now — after the jump
LOL!! I have to say, these alt endings were well done … and they are very funny. Well, at least the first one and the last one, the second one … notsomuch. To be honest, I just knew that the show would end with some death or dream element. I had been joking all weekend long that Lost would end in the same manner that the sitcom Newhart ended in the 80′s (which means absolutely nothing to those of you too young to remember the show) so I’m glad that the “Newhart ending” was paid homage to in this alt endings featurette.
BE WARNED … if you have not yet watched the finale ep of Lost, you may not want to read any further … spoilers ahead!
Now … about the actual ending. I will say that I can appreciate and applaud the fact that the ending that was aired last night very likely satisfied ardent fans of the show. All of the flashback scenes were crafted so that fans could be reminded of their favorite moments on the show … and that was nice. I didn’t love the ending and, to be honest, felt the purgatory off the island bit was a bit of a cop out. Over the course of the series in the past 6 years, Lost has given us some breathtaking and exciting season finale episodes … IMHO, the series finale was nowhere near as exciting. As you may recall in the first ep of this final season, we saw the island at the bottom of the sea (after it was blown up in the season finale last year) in the sideways timeline … how anyone could be surprised that they were all dead in that sideways timeline is beyond me. I will say I was impressed with the fact that while everyone who appeared in the sideways timeline was dead, we don’t know “when” their meeting at the church took place. As was explained by the first dead Lost character Christian Shepard, some died before and some died after … but they made a place where they could all come together and be reminded of their time together. Still … considering how epic Lost used to be in seasons past, I guess I was hoping/expecting more.
Here are the 2 main reasons why Lost failed to deliver for me. First, when the show started in 2004, the producers were very clear that all of the mysteries of the island would be explained in scientific terms. When the Dharma Initiative was introduced on the show, I felt that was where the answers would come … IMHO, the Dharma Initiative part of the saga was never fully realized and, in the end, offered nothing of any salience to the overall story … which ended in a “supernatural” way rather than a fully explained scientific way. The show started out as a thinking person’s show (ie. figuring out all the clues in the first 2 seasons was the best part of the whole experience) but kinda ended up as a bit of a sappy, melodramatic supernatural soap opera. Second, about midway thru the series — when fans started hypothesizing that maybe the island was a purgatory for the characters and that everyone there was dead — the producers INSISTED that no, the characters were not dead and that the island was not purgatory. But, in my mind, making the world off the island the purgatory (in opposition to the “real world” of the island) seems like a HUGE cop out to me. It always seemed evident to me that a show with mysterious polar bears (again, a huge element early on in the show that just disappeared and never went anywhere), giant smoke monsters and a high population of dead people (HELLO?!) has to revolve around either a big dream or an afterlife. Despite what we were told, that’s exactly what the show turned out to be. It is my personal belief that she show lost it’s hold on me when the characters got off the island the first time (season 4, I believe). Being stranded on the island and then getting off the island and then going back to the island is where it all seemed to fall apart for me. If I had the opportunity to craft an ending for Lost, I’d've ended it by showing a shadowy figure underneath the “light in the cave” entering numbers into a computer, pressing buttons. That would’ve brought the whole thing back to a satisfying place for me ;)
I did like how the Lost series began with Jack opening his eye and ended with Jack closing his eye. I felt, tho subtle, that was a great way to bookend the whole thing.
But, again, as I mentioned yesterday … I knew that not everyone would be satisfied with the ending of Lost but as long as the ardent fans of the show are satisfied, then that is all that matters. I have to know … what did YOU think of last night’s series finale of Lost? Were you satisfied? Disappointed? I’d love to read detailed responses … go!